Thee Merry Widows are an all-girl psychobilly band from San Francisco. I got a copy of their CD at one of their gigs on their last UK tour, a co-headliner with The Priscillas.
The CD has 4 tracks --- Grave Robbers (From Outer Space), Cruel Mistress, The Curse and Girl Assassins --- and it's packaged as a professional CD, not just a basic demo. Psychobilly is a variation of the original rockabilly music which developed in the late 70s as pioneered by bands like The Cramps and The Misfits where bands began to merge their punk influences with a lot of B-movie horror imagery used in a kind of tongue in cheek way. Thee Merry Widows' songs have that authentic twanging guitar sound underlaid with a double bass chugging along nicely underneath with occasional harmonies to create the spine-chilling swampland sound. Their lead singer, Miss Eva Von Slut, has a strong voice that really suits this type of music.
I have to say that they are probably one of those bands that are best appreciated live as they are amazing performers with a very and striking visual image. I loved their gig in Leeds --- in particular, Miss Eva, who is indeed like a punk rock version of Mae West. But the CD acts a good introduction for those who are unable to get to the gigs or would like something to remember them by.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER 2005.